New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 14, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
Friday January 14, 2000 — HERALD-ZEITUNG — Page 3A
R. Kathleen Schlesher, a resident of New Braunfels, Texas, died Thursday, Jan. 13,2000, at St. Luke's Baptist Hospital in San Antonio, Texas, at the age of 81 years. Ms. Schlesher was bom May 24, 1918.
Visitation will begin Friday at 8 a.m. and continue until service time on Saturday. Funeral services
are scheduled for 11 a.m.
Saturday, Jan. 15, 2000, at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home, with the Rev. Rick Bartlett officiating. Burial will be in Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park.
Memorials may be given to the charity of one's choice.
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BURNS Funeral arrangements are pending at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home in New Braunfels, Texas for Harold D. Bums, Sr. who passed
away on Thursday, January 13 at his home at the age of 75. He was bom May 24, 1924.
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VAN WINKLE Bill Van Winkle, beloved husband, father, son, brother and grandfather, of San Marcos, died on Tuesday, January 11, 2000, in New Braunfels at the age of 52. Bill was a person who lived everyday choosing to be happy. He adored his family and reveled in his love for his six special grandchildren. All who knew Bill will miss him and remember their times with him as very special. Among those who will miss him greatly are his lovely wife of 33 years, Cindy; daughter and son-in-law, Heidi and Robert Karrer; son and daughter-in-law, Troy and Maudi Van Winkle, all of New Braunfels; his mother, Betty Van Winkle, of Phoenix, Ariz.; sisters, Sandy and Cathy; brothers, John and James; and his very special grandchildren, Dustin, Ahi, Cody,
Matthew, Austin and Joshua; and numerous other loving family members and a host of friends. Bill was preceded in death by his father, John P. Van Winkle. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 15, 2000, at the Zoeller Funeral Home with the Rev. Fred Martin and Dennis Spire officiating. Interment to follow at the Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude's Childrens research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 Attention Memorial Department.
Dallas couple gets $50K for crime tip
By Dale Wetzel
Associated Press Writer
BISMARCK, N.D. — Gov. Ed Schafer was scheduled to fly to Washington, D.C. today to deliver a $50,000 reward check to the Texas couple who turned in convicted child killer Kyle Bell. And he said they’re remarkably serene about the money.
“They’re seemingly very reserved and calm about the whole thing,” Schafer said Thursday. “I think if someone handed me a check for $50,000, I’d be jumping up and down and making a list of how to spend it.”
Rick Wilson, the manager of the Dallas apartment building where Bell lived for almost two months, and his wife, Mattie, were designated for the reward for phoning in the tip that led to Bell’s arrest.
The event was arranged by “America’s Most Wanted,” the Fox television network program that prompted Bell’s capture, and the show’s host, John Walsh.
“America’s Most Wanted” featured Bell’s case regularly since his escape from a prison bus in New Mexico on Oct. 13.
Bell is being held in the Lew Sterrett Justice Center in Dallas while North Dakota officials search for an out-of-state prison that will house him. He is not contesting extradition.
He was sentenced in September to life in prison for the June 1993 murder of Jeanna North, 11, of Fargo. Investigators said Bell, a neighbor of the North family, con
fessed to killing Jeanna and throwing her body into the Sheyenne River. It has never been found.
When Bell was put on trial for North’s murder, he was serving 40 years in prison, with IO years suspended, for molesting two young girls.
He was being sent to an Oregon prison to serve both sentences when he escaped from a prison transport bus Oct. 13 at Santa Rosa, N.M.
Tim Schuetzle, the North Dakota prison warden, said Bell’s notoriety and child molestation record made him a target in early 1995, when he began serving time in the state penitentiary in Bismarck on the child molestation convictions.
Bell complained that inmates threatened him, spit on him and pelted him with rocks in the prison yard. In one instance, an inmate threw buckets of ice and water through the bars of Bell’s cell.
Bell received an alias and moved into the Wisconsin prison system in August 1996.
Schafer said state officials will not disclose where Bell will serve his sentence once a maximum-security prison is picked. He said there was no point to disclosing Bell’s location.
“Who wants to know where he is, and why? Are they going to write to him? Are they going to send him cookies? No,” Schafer said Thursday. “Let’s just keep him out of the limelight. We don’t even know this person exists any more.”
Father of Cuban boy speaks out with anger
WASHINGTON (AP) Flashing anger at those responsible for keeping his son in Miami, the father of Elian Gonzalez said Thursday he felt like “breaking the neck” of politicians fighting the boy’s return to Cuba.
Repeating previous statements that he has no intention of coming to Miami to pick up the boy, Juan Miguel Gonzalez told ABC’s “Nightline” that Elian’s U.S. relatives don’t “have any feelings.”
Speaking in Spanish, with a simultaneous translation, the father grew angry when he was asked about a news report that he
didn’t work anymore, didn’t live in his own home and was under psychiatric treatment.
He called the report “a lie,” and added: “Perhaps I might be a little bit crazy because I would feel like breaking the neck of all those SOBs” opposing Elian’s return. He cited “the politicians in Miami and those who ... have behaved in a manner that is contrary to what our relatives should have done.”
Told by interviewer Chris Wallace the remark was inflammatory, the father responded: “Isn’t it inflammatory what they are doing with my son?”TRUSTEES/From 1A
District patrons both for and against the Borgfeld site addressed the board Thursday, some citing traffic concerns and others attacking the district’s credibility.
CI SD patron Sandra Hood told trustees that building a school on Borgfeld Road at U.S. 281 would “put children in harm’s way.”
Hood said traffic accidents would only increase with future growth and that a school at the site would disrupt an ecologically sensitive area.
Lynn Franklin said district officials told voters the new school would go in Timberwood Park after a $60,000 demographic study indicated it was the district’s fastest growth area.
“Bexar County residents are tired of hearing excuses for why there
is not (a) school in that area,” she said. “Ten percent of CISD students live in Bexar County and IO percent of the tax base is in Bexar County.” Patron Sheryl Westman said, “If you follow this plan, there will be no more bonds passed for a very long time.”
Patron Randy Westman threatened trustees with grave consequences “ both for you individually and collectively for us as a whole" if they continued with the plan.
“Lady and gentlemen, in political terms, what you have done borders on ethical arrogance and moral contempt for those who have entrusted you with the public good,” he said.
Several patrons in the audience made their voices heard without speaking by applauding those who lambasted trustees. Some anony
mous patrons taped up signs reading, “We voted for the bond. It’s our money, not yours” and “Why ask for our money when some trustees do what they want?” on the walls.
During discussion, Bertelsen said he could live with an elementary school on the west side of 281 if someone solved the transportation problem.
Bertelsen said the district needed to add buses or build a new middle school to reduce the amount of mileage for students in Startzville when the new high school opened.
Nichols said the new school should go where 80 percent of the students lived, on the west side of 281. “We have a horrendous transportation problem and putting a school where 20 percent of the students live (the east side of 281)
doesn’t make sense. We should put the schools were the kids are,” he said.
Gonzales said she voted against the Borgfeld property because she believed it would block future boards.
“We’ve struggled with this and Eve been an advocate from day one about credibility,” she said. “There is no quick fix solution and it will take time. I feel the plan gives an opportunity to try to begin to fix what was broken in the past that we were not a part of. I think this is the first step.”
Clay said he was disappointed by the board vote. “I’m real frustrated that we’re at this point. It’s not so much the legal ramifications as the delay this could cause on all the projects, not to mention our credibility,” he said.
BOMB SCARE/From 1A
Deputies arrived about 10:55 a.m. to secure the building and evacuate students, Ott said. Bulverde and Spring Branch volunteer fire departments also arrived as backup.
The San Antonio Police Department Bomb Squad and Lackland Air Force Base responded with bomb-sniffing dogs to search the building.
As outlined under the Comal Independent School District’s crisis management plan, the maintenance department divided into groups and
Papa Bush vouches for his son
ATLANTIC, Iowa (AP) — Former President Bush campaigned for his son the front-runner on Thursday, telling Iowa Republicans that George W. learned at his side and would “be excellent at doing what I tried to do” to unite Americans at home and allies abroad.
It was the tonner president’s first vote-hunting mission of the 2000 presidential campaign, in territory where he both won and lost as a candidate.
Father, like son, talked about Barbara Bush, and joked that he was tired of always being asked where she was. “I used to be president, you know,” he said.
“She’s working her heart out for our son,” Bush said.
While helping the son, Bush said, “I will have nothing bad to say against any of the people that he is campaigning against right now.”
Indeed, he said that when he left the White House he vowed not even to criticize President Clinton, the man who beat him in 1992. He said it would have been “sort of sour grapes, bad loser.”
Texas Gov. Bush leads the public opinion polls in Iowa by margins of 25 points and more over Steve Forbes in preferences for the Jan. 24 caucuses.
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thoroughly searched the building and the surrounding stadium area, Ott said.
“I was really impressed with CISD and the maintenance staff,” Ott said. “They had a plan and did an outstanding job.”
Cobb did not dismiss a connection between the Blanco High School bomb threat and Thursday’s threat at the middle school.
“The timing seems to indicate (a connection),” she said.
Students who spent most of the
Feds encourage anti-drug shows
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -The federal government used financial incentives to get television networks to work anti-drug messages into the scripts of some popular TV shows. The White House drug office even got the opportunity to review scripts before the shows aired.
The arrangement raised questions about the independence of networks and their willingness to let others influence what goes on the air.
afternoon gathered in an athletic field next to the school were not allowed to re-enter the building until about 3:30 p.m., when officials were certain the bomb threat was indeed a hoax, Ott said.
About 280 students who had not yet eaten lunch were provided hamburgers by the cafeteria of a nearby school, Cobb said.
Volunteer fire departments stayed at the campus until students were allowed to go inside and retrieve their backpacks and other materials,
A letter asking parents to discuss the serious nature and severe consequences of such acts was sent home Thursday with the students, CISD officials said.
The school was scheduled to be checked again this morning before students were allowed to enter, and students might have to make up the classes they missed on Saturday, officials said. The threat was under investigation by the Comal County Sheriff’s Office late Thursday.
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